Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

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By Julie Andrews Edwards

Illustrated by Johanna Westerman

320 pages – ages 8 – 12 years

Published by HarperCollins (Revised edition) on August 15, 2006

Summary- Mandy is a 10-year-old orphan who is very kind. Matron Bridie, the woman who runs the orphanage where Mandy lives is very nice and even though Mandy is an orphan, she thinks life is pretty good. One day while Mandy is out exploring the woods around the orphanage, she finds an abandoned cottage. Even though the cottage is very run-down, Mandy feels like it is a place just for her. She spends days and weeks fixing it up. She takes things from the orphanage to help her fix the cottage. She also begins lying about where she is going so that no one else will find her special place. While at the cottage, Mandy becomes terribly sick and no one knows where she is! Mandy regrets not letting anyone know about where she goes, but is it too late?

Opinion- The first thing I thought when I started reading this book was – “Wow! A happy orphan who isn’t abused and likes the woman running the place!” That made me laugh because usually the books I read start off with a troubled kid usually an orphan or ignored by his or her parents. It was nice to read a different story plot. Besides Mandy actually being a happy orphan, I thought the story was very nice and it kept me wanting to read it until the end. I liked reading about Mandy fixing up the cottage. I thought Mandy was a realistic character and could understand why she wanted a place of her own. I found out that Mandy is the first book Ms. Andrews Edwards wrote and that she wrote the story for her step-daughter. Ms. Andrews Edwards has a way of telling stores that makes you care about the characters and that makes her stories even better.

Five out of five bookworms for Mandy!ย fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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37 replies

  1. I have to laugh as well because I thought the same thing you did when I was reading through the book description: A happy orphan? That’s different, a good kind of different. Thanks for sharing your review.

  2. Fixing up an abandoned, unloved place is always significant.

  3. Loved this book as a young girl! I think I may still have it!

  4. Great review, Erik! Mandy is one of my favorite books by Mrs. Edwards — I’m glad you enjoyed it, too. Even though Mandy is basically happy, she does feel a tugging loneliness inside her that she tries to fill with fixing up the cottage. I love how the book works out in the end.

    I’ll definitely be sharing this review!

  5. Oh, haven’t read this one! Thanks for the nice review.

  6. I think you sum up the heart of this beautiful story so well, Erik.

  7. I can’t believe it, but after all this time I have still not read this book! Got to get to it one of these days! And congrats, Erik, on how well you’re doing with your points! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. One of my favorite books too Eric. I remember when it first came out (1972?) and I had the original book for years. Later I shared it with my daughter and bought the audio tape for her for family trips — it was her favorite story as a child. For a first book written at the prompting of her stepdaughter, Mrs. Edward’s book certainly has stood the test of time and many decades of children have had the chance to read Mandy. Josie would love this book.

  9. I used to be an orphan. But I wasn’t happy. …until Mom found me and brought me to her cottage which is really our apartment. I am fixing it up with my toys spread around, lovely scratches on the floors, and my beautiful furs on all the furniture.

    Love and licks,

  10. I really liked this book when I was a kid, but I haven’t been able to find it at my library. Maybe I’ll have to try to buy it.

  11. spot on review, erik. i adore this book and can get lost in it no matter how many times i read it. your review is the best one i’ve seen about this book. well done.

  12. I read (and loved) this book many many years ago, so I’ve forgotten most of the details. Nice review, Erik! I never knew she wrote this for her stepdaughter. Have you read The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles too?

  13. A happy orphan is a nice surprise. I’ve not ever heard about Mandy. I’ll have to look into this one.

  14. It apears I am one of the few who have not read Mandy. I guess I need to fix that. Sounds great!

  15. Not heard of this one. Sounds interesting.

    Erik – I like your review system. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I have been wanting to read another book by Julie Andrews Edwards. I read The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles and very much enjoyed it. This sounds like another great book. What a talented woman! Awesome review!

  17. I’ve admired and enjoyed Julie Andrew’s talents since childhood (for me, in the 60s) and continue to. I’m so glad she also writes, and her daughter is wonderfully talented, too! So glad you liked her book ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Lovely review for a very beautifully written book. It is one of my favourite books by Julie Andrews.

  19. Julie Andrews is so multi-talented, isn’t she? I haven’t read any of her books yet, but Sound of Music is unforgettable for me. Will have to read her books soonest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. So osm short and precise book review i liked it also so nice

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